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On Hyperchoreography


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The idea of a work being 'indeterminable' and/or accessible from many entrances is not new to dance. The modern choreographer Merce Cunningham explored these ideas by using chance systems - most famously 'The Book of I-Ching' -to determine the structures of his dances. Sometimes the dancers were even left to decide which order to perform the choreography during the performance itself.

Similarly, in his collaborations with composer John Cage and visual artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol, Cunningham challenged the notion of the relationship between dance and the other media traditionally associated with theatrical dance performance by bringing them together for the very first time at the premiere performance of a new choreography. Behind this approach was the belief that the audience should not be struggling to understand some meaning inherent in their (creator--determined) juxtaposition, or in the structures and shapes the work, but rather should be free to select, interpret and enjoy the work from their own perspective.


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